Session Overview

This five-week EVO session starting January 10, 2016 and ending February 14, 2016 introduces participants to the principles of copyright and fair use with regard to creating lesson materials and gives us an opportunity to speak with a legal expert on the topic. Although we will mainly focus on best practices for educators in the United States, many of the basic principles will be transferable, and participants are encouraged to do research on and share their knowledge of copyright laws in their local contexts. Together, we will reflect on our current practices when developing lesson materials; learn more about copyright, fair use, the Framework Analysis, as well as how to use public domain and creative commons resources; and examine how to manage such resources responsibly. Finally, we will share our copyright compliant lesson plans with one another, and provide and reflect on constructive feedback. The session will be facilitated primarily through Google+ Communities.

By the end of this session participant will:


1) Reflect on and discuss the concepts of copyright and fair use

2) Use free and creative commons resources appropriately

3) Explore ways to share educational materials on the Internet responsibly

4) Share a lesson plan incorporating different types of copyrighted and public domain resources

5) Provide feedback on other participants' lesson plans